Coal Black Horse

Coal Black Horse

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When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable: she sends her only child to find his father on the battlefield and bring him home.

At fourteen, wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety—blue on one side, gray on the other— Robey thinks he's off on a great adventure. But not far from home, his horse falters and he realizes the enormity of his task. It takes the gift of a powerful and noble coal black horse to show him how to undertake the most important journey of his life: with boldness, bravery, and self-posession.

Coal Black Horse joins the pantheon of great war novels—All Quiet on the Western Front, The Red Badge of Courage, The Naked and the Dead.


Baker & Taylor
When Robey Childs's mother experiences a premonition about her husband, a Civil War soldier, she sends her only son to retrieve his father from the battlefield, accompanied by a horse that becomes his only companion as he makes his way through the destruction of war.

Blackwell North Amer
When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable: she instructs her only child to find his father on the battlefield and bring him home.
At fourteen, wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety - blue on one side, gray on the other - Robey thinks he is off on a great adventure. But not far from home, his horse falters and he realizes the enormity of his task. It takes the gift of a powerful and noble coal black horse to show him how to undertake the most important journey of his life: with boldness, bravery, and self-possession.
Yet even that horse is no match for the brutality and senselessness of war, no surrogate for the courage Robey needs to summon in its face. It's in the center of that landscape, as witness to the lawlessness and carnage around him, that he is forced to raise a gun for the first time in his life. When he returns to his mother, Robey Childs will be the best a man can be, and the worst, irrevocably scarred by all he has seen - and all he has done.

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& Taylor

When Robey Childs's mother experiences a premonition about her husband, a Civil War soldier, she sends her only son to retrieve his father from the battlefield, wearing a coat that is blue on one side and gray on the other, accompanied by an unusual horse that becomes his only companion, guide, and protector as he makes his way through the death and destruction of war.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565125216
1565125215
Branch Call Number: Fiction Olmstead
Characteristics: 218 p. cm

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madame_librarian Jan 20, 2011

On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Hettie Childs has a premonition and sends her only child Robey, age fourteen, on a mission to bring his father back to the safety of their remote farm in the Virginia hills. Robey's journey is arduous, perilous, and brings this boy's childhood to a sudden and lasting end. Accompanied by a beautiful and mystical coal black horse, Robey is shot, robbed, nearly starved, and hunted by the terrible, desperate characters created by war. He witnesses horrific scenes of slaughter and brutality; he sees people at their very worst and some at their best. The horse is Robey's protector and teacher during much of his journey, and is only one of many such elements in a richly contrived story filled with symbolism, metaphor, and the lyrical idiom of the South. I highly recommend this powerful and moving coming-of-age war story for adult readers and mature young adult readers. It's an excellent book group choice as well.
-Madame Librarian

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